In unequal dialogue with donors: The experience of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

In unequal dialogue with donors: The experience of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement 1 INTRODUCTION In 1995 the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement completes 37 years of continuous evolution as a force that contributes to progressive non-violent social transformation in Sri Lanka. The Movement has survived eight governmental changes, two bloody youth insurrections (which were countered by equally horrendous suppressive actions) and a civil war that has been going on for over 12 years. Furthermore, the Movement was singled out between 1989 and 1993 by the late President Premadasa for an unprecedented attack on all fronts. The Movement had only just commenced rehabilitating itself in mid 1993when an unexpected development took place from the side of Sarvodaya’s main donor organization, NOVIB of the Netherlands. With little warning they cut 42 per cent from their planned grant for 1994-95 and plunged Sarvodaya into a financial crisis. This crisis has prompted Sarvodaya to re-think its relationship with donors. This paper is about possible future directions open to Sarvodaya. Sarvodaya has been repeatedly subjected to donor evaluations: in this paper we evaluate our relationship with our donors. 2 THE SARVODAYA MISSION ‘Sarvodaya Shramadana’ means the awakening of all in society. This is sought to be achieved through the sharing of labour and other voluntarily gifted resources http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of International Development Wiley

In unequal dialogue with donors: The experience of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

Journal of International Development, Volume 7 (6) – Nov 1, 1995

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
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0954-1748
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1099-1328
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10.1002/jid.3380070606
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1 INTRODUCTION In 1995 the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement completes 37 years of continuous evolution as a force that contributes to progressive non-violent social transformation in Sri Lanka. The Movement has survived eight governmental changes, two bloody youth insurrections (which were countered by equally horrendous suppressive actions) and a civil war that has been going on for over 12 years. Furthermore, the Movement was singled out between 1989 and 1993 by the late President Premadasa for an unprecedented attack on all fronts. The Movement had only just commenced rehabilitating itself in mid 1993when an unexpected development took place from the side of Sarvodaya’s main donor organization, NOVIB of the Netherlands. With little warning they cut 42 per cent from their planned grant for 1994-95 and plunged Sarvodaya into a financial crisis. This crisis has prompted Sarvodaya to re-think its relationship with donors. This paper is about possible future directions open to Sarvodaya. Sarvodaya has been repeatedly subjected to donor evaluations: in this paper we evaluate our relationship with our donors. 2 THE SARVODAYA MISSION ‘Sarvodaya Shramadana’ means the awakening of all in society. This is sought to be achieved through the sharing of labour and other voluntarily gifted resources

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Journal of International DevelopmentWiley

Published: Nov 1, 1995

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